Sorry, no "top tens" from newsgrist this year -- but a big thanks to Hrag Vartanian for the Honorable Mention [Link]:
- Joy Garnett's "Unmonumental" online photo series – Maybe it started as a spoof, but Garnett’s photographic exploration of the aesthetic that the New Museum tried to ram down our throats with its unfortunate "Unmonumental" show has become a wonderful series (begun on April 19, 2008) that continues to entertain and grow–157 photos as of Dec. 23, 2008. Her photos incorporate (and elevate?) the strange refuse of the city into art. Unlike the New Museum's show I really see Garnett's series as a critique of the aesthetics of power in what is now a bygone age of excess. I am curious to see how the series will change–or how my perceptions of it will change–as the economic crisis deepens and changes the way we live.